Walter Casagrande

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Casagrande
Personal information
Full name Wálter Casagrande Jr.
Date of birth (1963-04-15) 15 April 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Corinthians
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1981 Corinthians
1981 Caldense
1982–1984 Corinthians 46 (11)
1984 São Paulo 23 (11)
1985–1986 Corinthians 36 (15)
1986–1987 FC Porto 6 (1)
1987–1991 Ascoli 96 (38)
1991–1993 Torino F.C. 47 (10)
1993 Flamengo 13 (5)
1994–1995 Corinthians 14 (3)
1995 Paulista F.C.
1996 São Francisco
National team
1985–1986 Brazil 19 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wálter Casagrande Jr., usually known as Casagrande (born 15 April 1963) was a former football (soccer) player in forward role, who currently is a famous TV commentator for Rede Globo.

During his career from 1980 to 1996, Casagrande has played for a number of clubs. He has represented Corinthians, Caldense, São Paulo, Flamengo, Paulista F.C., Portuguese club FC Porto (with whom he won a European Cup in 1987) and Italian clubs Ascoli and Torino F.C., winning the Coppa Italia in 1993. He helped Torino to the 1992 UEFA Cup Final but his two goals were unable to prevent them from losing to Ajax on away goals. He won also two São Paulo State Championships, in 1982 and 1983. In 1993, he was Supercopa Sudamericana runner-up with Flamengo, losing in a penalty shootout to another Brazilian team, São Paulo FC. He played 256 games and scored 102 goals for Corinthians. In this club, alongside Sócrates, has formed one of the greatests strikers partnerships from Brazilian football.

For the Brazil national football team he played in 19 matches, April 1985 to June 1986, scoring nine goals. He played in three games during the 1986 FIFA World Cup.[1]

In September 2007, Casagrande was involved in a weekend traffic accident, and was briefly in a coma after his car rolled and hit parked cars. He was subsequently able to leave the intensive care unit and was breathing on his own.

After the crash he described how he had become addicted to drugs since retiring, and that he had been undergoing drug treatment for the past seven months (since September 2007). In an interview with Radio Jovem Pan, Casagrande said he has been in a private drug-treatment clinic in São Paulo since last September. "When I retired, I felt a sensation of emptiness. I missed the adrenaline of the matches and practices and that led me to the compulsive use of drugs," Casagrande said, adding that he became "addicted to heroin." Casagrande, who played for Brazil at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, said he overdosed four times from 2005–07 and once almost went into a coma after using drugs. He is finishing in April 2008 his treatment. On 22 April 2013, Casagrande confessed on Programa do Jô that he was ashamed for using doping four times while playing for F.C. Porto, in 1986/1987 season.[2][3]

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